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The Giles School

Grades Preschool TO Gr. 8 — Toronto, ON (MAP)

The Giles School:

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  • Grades
    Preschool — Gr. 8
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    10 — 16 students
  • Tuition
    $23,000 to 25,000/year
  • Language of instruction
    English, French, Spanish, Mandarin
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    120 day students
  • Curriculum

School address

  • 80 Scarsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2R7 (MAP)
  • Busing not available

Our Perspective

How we see The Giles School

The Giles School provides an enriched language immersion program from preschool through the middle grades. The French program starts in preschool, and a Mandarin program begins in grade 1 with a period a day spent in an immersive Mandarin environment. It's perhaps safe to say, in terms of language learning—both in terms of when immersion is introduced, as well as providing multilingual immersion—the program is the only one of its kind in Canada. Classes are small, and academics are rigorous, covering the entire core curriculum and then some. The ideal student is one who can benefit from enrichment and who will thrive within a play-based, curiosity-driven environment.

School's Perspective

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How The Giles School sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"The Giles School is a co-ed, French immersion independent school that also offers a fully-licensed daycare program. Children display superior academic performance across all subjects including English, Mandarin and Spanish. The Giles School is a deliberately small school, and offers an inclusive, innovative and outstanding educational program to prepare Pre-K to Grade 8 students to be “World Ready,” empowering them to be leaders, problem-solvers and innovators."

  • Open door admissions
  • Licenced French Immersion daycare beginning at age 2
  • Students accepted age 2 through Grade 5 with no previous French
  • Small class sizes (average 12:1)
  • Mandarin introduced in JK and slowly increased to four times a week by Grade 8
  • High International Standards
  • Before/after school childcare for a small fee
  • Emphasis on a nurturing family environment
  • Introduction to Spanish in Grade 3
  • Coding, chess, robotics, social emotional learning and leadership as part of curriculum

What do you do differently and uniquely well?


Founded in 1989, the Giles School has been expanding young minds through a multilingual and comprehensive environment. Our six pillar philosophy provides an enriched curriculum, with small class sizes, for children Pre Kindergarten through Grade 8 (ages 2-13), with a focus on Language (English, French & Mandarin ), S.T.E.M. programs, arts, music, health/fitness, and co-curricular activities; and empowers individuality, internationality, as well as community leadership."

What tradeoffs has your school made to serve families in this way?

"The Giles School offers a structured, rigorous curriculum emphasizing languages. While our program is comprehensive and demanding, we are a first come, first served school; therefore, we do not sort or deny candidates based on test results. We work with students in a personalized manner to ensure they have the foundational skills to achieve and then excel in our program. The Giles School offers an inclusive learning environment that meets students where they are to progress in our demanding curriculum."

What type of student is a good fit for your school?

"Students who are well-rounded academically, love to learn multiple languages and have a great interest in math and science."

Under what conditions would you advise a family against choosing your school?

"Parents who are looking for specific facilities, including a dance studio, pool on site, etc.....might find our school not appealing ."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"Our commitment and dedication to each and every student, provides a foundation that is unlike most independent schools. We teach with joy, and classes are fun. Our vision is to have well rounded and international ready people of the future."

How would you characterize your school's image amongst the public?

"We are known for our small classes, high academics, loving environment and excellent community."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"The truly unique experience students receive"

What might families find surprising about your school?

"How much our staff and former Giles School alumni are a part of our ongoing community"

What improvements or changes has your school made recently?

"We added more interesting extracurricular activities for the students, like Musical theatre, Fashion Design, and Art Clay......"

How will your school change in the next 5 years?

"We are planning on having a technology lab on-site and a cafeteria in our basement."

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Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see The Giles School

Video reviews of The Giles School

Parent, Peter Ho (2024)

Gr. 2 to Gr. 4 (current) — Watch our parent interview with Peter Ho to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend The Giles School.

Parent, Golnar Elgammal (2021)

Watch our parent interview with Golnar Elgammal to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend The Giles School.

Parent, Lauren Dade (2020)

Watch our parent interview with Lauren Dade to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend The Giles School.

Written reviews of The Giles School


Parent, Brenda Lee (2020)

My two kids, now grades 4 and 6, have attended Giles since PK2 and SK, respectively. It is a small s...


Parent, Golnar Elgammal (2020)

My son's experience at the school has been nothing but positive. Due to the size of his classroom, ...


Parent, Lauren Dade (2020)

My two children have attended from Kindergarten through to Grades 6 and Grade 8 (final grade offered...
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School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Message from school leadership

Caroline Bernaba, Principal

Why did you want to become a teacher?

My love for children draws me to this profession and my passion for making a difference in children's lives.

How long have you been a teacher?

19 years, and I have been working at the Giles School since May 1992.

Where were you teaching before joining the Giles School?

Saint Joseph De L'Apparition in Lebanon

How many Languages do you speak? And what are they?

Arabic, French, English.

What would the students be surprised to find out about you?

I'm afraid of birds and dogs.

What’s the best thing about being a teacher?

The potential of transforming lives. There's never a dull moment in my classroom.


Riding horses, cooking and travelling.

Do you have a pet(s)? How old is he/she? What is his/her name? 

I had a pony when I was a child at my grandpa's farm. Her name was Bella.

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by?

Focus on the journey, not the destination.


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